June, Charles and Stephen, our Centre 404 volunteers went to Islington Council On Thursday morning to help the Short Breaks team (Richard Wells and Ian McDonald) with a mail out. While there, June and Charles interviewed Richard Wells the Short Breaks Manager.

June: Do you live in the area?

Richard: No, I get the overground train.

June: What is your job title?

Richard: Short Breaks (SB) manager. I manage the contracts between Islington council and different SB providers like Centre 404.

June: Do you employ many volunteers in the area?

Richard: This is the first time we have used volunteers to help us with this kind of work. And sometimes we get parents involved.

June: And from my point of view the best thing was that after 3 ½ hours no  one  had any paper cuts!

Charles helps sort the fliers

Charles helps sort the fliers

Charles:

Ian McDonald said it was the quickest we have done it –we did 550 envelopes in 3 1/2 hours.

In each envelope there was a letter 5 other pieces of paper and 4-5 leaflets about different  groups that provide short breaks like Centre 404.

I asked Richard if he liked his job he said yes it is great.

He likes lots of things about his job and knows that the Short Break activities make a difference to families and children. He has been doing his job for almost 2 years. He gets paid for working 35 hours a week, but works longer when there is lots on. They stay until the job gets done.

In return for our help lslington Council gave us a donation  to help support  the work of Centre 404.

Thank you very much Richard and Ian!

Charles is working so fast he is a blur

Charles is working so fast that he is a blur

 

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